This 20 x 24 oil on canvas was a commission. This abandoned church in the woods was a joy to paint. I had a little fun with the colors and was excited about the composition. Wish the congregation could find their way home to fill this church with song and fellowship once again.
Many thanks to Local Ellijay Poet, Lucy Harris who wrote this amazing poem when she saw my painting on the Internet:
When I stepped into the clearing, my eyes were filled with an amazing sight,
For I saw the chapel was still standing as a warm gathering place for life.
The emerald moss was climbing up the roof, like my soul, reaching for the light,
As the morning birds burst into song, the squirrels chattering with all their might;
And the spire straight and tall as ever, yet pointing to a patch of blue,
Showed me a glimpse of glorious heaven, brightly peeking through.
There I paused and knelt a while and then gathered a sweet, wild bouquet,
Which I will tuck between the pages of my heart to keep me shining every day.
by LUCY HARRIS
September 26th, 2017
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